Waterford Wednesday: Perfecting Your Place Settings

It’s Waterford Wednesday!
We’ve got a fun post today on a few simple tips that will ensure you have the perfect place settings at your next event! Whether you’re planning a wedding or any other special occasion, if the event features a meal, a place setting will be required. A place setting can be so much more than just a plate with some silverware around it; creating a visually appealing setting with a beautiful design that matches the theme of your event is simple to do! Here are some of our top suggestions for creating a one of a kind look in your place settings:

Keep A Consistent Theme
Echard Wheeler Photography

Keeping with your event’s theme is an important piece in perfecting your place settings! Staying true to the theme, whether it be a particular color, pattern or accent piece will ensure that the look of the table as a whole will be consistent and a true representation of your event. For example, the place setting above was a perfect representation of the The Great Gatsby inspiration that the styled shoot was aiming for! The theme of your event can easily be shown through the plate chargers, napkins, and even the font of the menu that you choose!

Feature A Menu
Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography | Table Design: Fluttering Flowers | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals
We can’t recommend this tip enough! Including a menu in your place setting will not only allow your guests to preview the meal that will be served (which they will totally appreciate!), but it also gives you the opportunity to get creative in the way you present the menu. Whether you choose to place it on top of a charger, fold it in with a napkin or incorporate it in with your centerpiece, featuring a menu is always a plus that will give your overall place setting more visual appeal!

Accent Special Place SettingsJessica Ryan Photography | Golden Luxe EventsTable Design: Vivid Expressions | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Photography: Katie Nesbitt Photography 

Making your guests feel welcome is always an important piece of planning an event! Adding a unique accent or personalized touch to their place setting is an excellent way to do so! Anything from a beautifully designed name card or a nice favor will distinguish each individual and leave them feeling appreciated and thought of. Emily Wedding’s place settings at A Crystal Clear Vision tied in with her theme perfectly and had so many little thoughtful elements that anyone would have loved to be a guest at her event!

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Labor Day Weekend Wedding Vibes

Wow, does that extra day from a holiday make anyone else feel like the week flies by or is it just us? Last weekend was AMAZING. Even with the reduced guest counts, we had SO. MANY. EVENTS. If you’re in the industry, then you know just how weird and slow it’s been through the spring season and now gearing up for the fall season we don’t know what’s to come! We had an incredible hustle and bustle weekend that made us forget things are not as they normally are.

We are sooooo excited to have some photos ready to share from one of our weekend events. This one took place at a gorgeous estate up in Maryland. A super happy and beautiful couple really deserved this day to be perfect!We are just loving the simplicity and natural look Haley and Brandon were going for with their linen choices. We just love a good place setting shot, don’t you?? Keeping it super simple and trendy with the menu card and the cute napkin fold in a knot. Such a small detail can make all the difference!If you’re looking for beautiful and whimsical sweetheart table ideas, then you have to check out our voile! This is a super delicate and flowy material that is sheer and can billow down to the floor giving an extremely magical feel to the sweetheart table.We weren’t kidding when we said they are probably one of the most happy & beautiful couples! Like just look at this photo. Couples this happy and in love make our job so much easier and gives us butterflies every time.

Vendor Shoutouts:

Planner: Everly After Events | Photography: Paige Elizabeth Photography | Florist: Just Picked | Caterer: Magnolia Catering | Calligraphy: Grove Lettering Co. | Cake: Flour Child Bakery | Videographer: Toy Box Studios | Hair: BMore Bobby Pins | Makeup: Vintage Veils | Linen Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals | Tent, chair, and additional rentals: White Glove Rentals & Price Rentals & Events

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Why Waterford?

The inspiration for the name of our company stems from when co-owners Alyse and Hollie stepped off the bus in high school and discovered they lived on the same street- Waterford Place!

Waterford Event Rentals takes further inspiration from Waterford Crystal.  Waterford Crystal is renowned throughout the world for their beautiful, elite crystal.  Celebrated for their high quality work, Waterford Crystal will never sell a faulty piece of work; in fact, any imperfect glass is tossed back into the furnace to be melted and reused or broken to eliminate a sale.

Waterford Event Rentals strives to the same level of dedication and perfection in our work. At the start of our company, we kept it simple with chair covers and sashes. As we did more and more events, the requests began to grow! Now, almost 10 years later, we pride ourselves in our inventory that is constantly evolving. We’d like to say that we stay on top of what’s trending & get you the hottest items before they’re even thought of on the East Coast. We love being able to stick to what we know (linens) & perfecting it. Our inventory now includes: full length tablecloths, napkins, runners, overlays, chargers, tables, and chairs in a handful of different colors and styles.

We take several important steps to ensure we always give customers the best possible service and product:

  • We steam ALL chair covers & linens when they arrive on location- wrinkles are bound to happen in transit.
  • We will NOT use stained linens. Whether the linens have been used once or ten times-we don’t care! You are the most important piece to our business and we ensure all linens are in top condition before getting sent out.
  • We put a cap on events each weekend to ensure we have the time to focus on each one.
  • We sit down with our clients and develop a design plan.  We take an active part in the planning process, increasing the quality of our service and decreasing the chance for mistakes.
  • We include you in all decisions from napkin fold, to linen selection, even down to the sash tie!
  • We help customers get exactly what they are looking for- no matter how difficult a color or fabric is to find.
  • We provide 3 different options in which to receive your linens: pick-up from our office, delivery to your venue, or set-up on site the day of where our staff takes care of it all. Yup! That means your family and friends get to relax and enjoy the day WITH you.

We hope you get a chance to experience linens the Waterford way!Luke & Ashley Photography | Venue: Lesner Inn  Lindsay Collette PhotographyChelsea Anderson Photography

Please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to help plan your beautiful big day. Email us at info@waterfordeventrentals.com or call us at 757-448-5999.

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Our Favorite New Trend: Velvet!

Woo hoo!!!!! It’s finally Wednesday which means another blog coming at ya! Today, we wanted to talk about one of our FAVORITE trends that is surely to pick up around the fall. VELVET. If you’re into subtle texture then you might definitely want to consider adding some velvet to your reception space someway somehow. Personally, we try to show EVERYONE something velvet when they come in our showroom just because we love it so much. Not only is there an option for just standard velvet, but you can get an etched velvet pattern or even a crushed velvet look. Either way, we think velvet speaks for itself. Take a peek and see if you agree.

Let’s start off with this INCREDIBLE floral velvet linen that was used by Chef by Design at our 2020 Crystal Clear Vision Bridal Expo! The elegance of this linen is second to none. This provides an incredible way to tie in your wedding colors and give all the romantic vibes. This photo doesn’t even begin to describe the beauty of this linen. No doubt this one will stop you in your tracks.Table Design: Chef by Design | Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Another linen that was used for this first time at our bridal show was a beautiful ocean velvet. A mix between blue and green, and paired with these colored glasses makes us feel like we’re sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in. Don’t forget blue is the Pantone Color of the Year so be quick to add this to your reception space somewhere before the year is up!Table Design: Rusty Cottage | Photographer: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Another great velvet option is for those brides looking for an earthy, boho vibe. This napkins are BRAND. SPANKIN. NEW. We are so thrilled to have these as part of our inventory and expect to get a lot of use out of them this fall.Table Design: Indie & Ivory | Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography 

Our next feature is a stunning neutral tone which we refer to as cashmere. Along with the velvet trend, going ALL NEUTRAL is a big hit! What better way to get the best of both worlds than with a linen like this. We just love how these colors bounce off one another for the perfect warm & cozy guest table.Table Design: Sunkissed Events | Photographer: Jessica Ryan Photography

Last but not least is our romantic & elegant rose quartz velvet. This linen is unique in that it can take on a mix of dusty rose/mauve and wisteria. It’s all about what you pair it with! Here it’s seen with our french floral blush napkin and white lace runner.Table Design: The Twisted Fork | Photographer: Katie Nesbitt Photography

I’m sure by now you have joined the velvet train! We just love all the possibilities that come with velvet. Don’t gorget these are available in napkins and runners as well.

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Bold Linens

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
As we sit here hoping that our beautiful summer and fall weddings get to happen we thought about the amazing tables you can incorporate to your reception space! At many of the events we are a part of, most commonly we see the cocktail tables getting used as a super fun linen filled with texture, color, and personality. We’re here to tell you, you can accomplish that look on more than just your cocktail tables. Here’s how!

Guest Tables: Don’t be afraid! If you love some patterns- go all in & use a funky patterned linen that just screams you for those guest tables. If it’s noticeably “you” your guests will appreciate that you went above and beyond to showcase your personality to its fullest extent.
Photography: Dani White Photography

Cake Table: Using a specialty linen can really be a nice added touch for your cake table. At that time of cake cutting all eyes are on the couple which kind of means everyone will be seeing that linen sooner or later. Why not take the time to add a fun colored linen on that table or use a textured linen that can be tied in with other pieces of decor somewhere around the room?Photography: Audrey Rose Photography

Sweetheart Table: Why not deck out that table you’re going to be sitting at for the Best Man Speech or that Maid of Honor Speech? What a great way to elevate the table you and your new husband or wife are sitting at for the night.Photography: David Champagne Photography

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Incorporating Disney Into Your Reception

Who doesn’t love Disney movies?

We sure do! Exactly a week ago we found out that Disney World is ready to reopen its doors July 11th! Once we heard this news we were ready to dedicate an entire blog to all the go hard Disney lovers out there. We have had a handful of brides come to us in the past with their love for Disney that just had to be incorporated to their wedding day.

Some brides took you on a little trip and had each guest table as a different theme park within Walt Disney World in Florida.

Other brides kept it super subtle and stayed with a more classic Disney theme and incorporated cute Mickey Mouse ears here and there.

Whatever your vision may be- this Disney blog is the one for you! We are going to share some of our personal favorite Disney Princesses and how you can bring this to life for the reception of your dreams. I mean it’s Disney- we have to go all out for this right?Such a super pretty way to include the glitz and glam of Cinderella into your reception space using a slate blue velvet paired with champagne sequins.Another princess to think about including is Ariel. Red sequins to display her gorgeous red hair- quite the focal point throughout the movie. And then what better way to portray her tail and the sea than with our iridescent crush olive green linen. We love the different ripples and shades that comes with this linen and totally gives off under the sea vibes.Of course we had to include one of the newest to join the Princess gang! Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Bring your reception tables to life with a mix of our matte satin ice blue and velvet leaf linens sure to rock the party!Once we decided on this blog, I knew for sure Tangled would have to be a part of it. I mean just look at this iridescent linen- this screams Rapunzel!!!!! This might just be my favorite linen pairings. Adding the romantic look of those long luscious locks with the champagne pintuck linen. Using the iridescent crush linens with the pintuck as sash ties would make for an AMAZING duo.Last but not least- probably one of the top 5 Disney love stories EVER. Beauty and the Beast. We have a bride going with this look in the fall and is adding all the navy and gold you can imagine. We can’t wait to see this unfold in person. But for now we’ll be dreaming of some champagne pinchwheel, the most accurate depiction of Belle’s gorgeous gold gown.

We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a walk into Disney with us. This one was super fun! Can’t wait to see how creative our brides get with this.

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Spring 2020 Hot Trend!

Happy Waterford Wednesday y’all! Today we are talking about one of the most trending items we have been seeing- and we’re not mad about it. This blog is about all things chiffon! Chiffon has been super popular for us this last year and the requests keep growing! These can be used in a few different ways and the color options are endless.

Often, we see chiffon used as a decorative runner that can be bunched, draped, woven through centerpieces for a head table or to add some color to a beautiful wooden farm table.Table Design: Inspired Events by Kelly | Photography: Leigh Skaggs Photography

The runners are so versatile they can even be draped horizontally on the table or at a diagonal. Imagination is key when it comes to adding chiffon into your design.
Table Design: The Twisted Fork | Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Another way to add some chiffon in your life is to add some chiffon sashes to the chairs of your head table! What a beautiful way to make those people closest to you stand out with a chair design like this!Table Design: Big Top Entertainment | Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Looking for some chiffon but want something a little different than the woven look? Yup! We can do that too! These chairs are tied in a 4 corner knot and accented with a beautiful and dainty floral arrangement. This would be PERFECT for a romantic sweetheart table. Don’t you agree?Table Design: Vivd Expressions | Photography: Katie Nesbitt Photography

Another way to incorporate chiffon in a show stopping way- weave the entire back row of your ceremony chairs. This is sure to take the breath away of your guests AND ensure you get wedding photos back that look like this!Photography: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

Planning on a fun dessert bar, popcorn bar, or pretzel station?? Adding a colored chiffon runner to that table is a simple way to bring those wedding colors in too.Table Design: Big Top Entertainment | Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography

It’s pretty obvious why chiffon is one of our favorite linen pieces right?? We weren’t kidding, you can do ANYTHING with them. And the color options are sure to catch your eye. We carry chiffon runners in a multitude of colors including but not limited to: white, ivory, taupe, black, light grey, charcoal, burgundy, hunter green, mustard yellow, coral, navy, dusty blue, dusty rose, mauve, wisteria. Guys I could go on for days!!!

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Virtual Meeting Special!!

Let the show go on!! We know this is a crazy time, but we’re all in the same boat right?? We have really had our virtual meetings kick off this week & they have been SO fun!!! If you have been hesitant to book any meetings or consultations because of COVID-19 well that stops here!! We are offering virtual meetings with Zoom with times Monday-Thursday, late morning to evening. We want to meet YOU! What better way to have a design meeting than from the comfort of your own home? We have a virtual meeting special for those people using our calendar link to book a virtual meeting. These meetings typically don’t last longer than an hour. The fun part- you get to physically see our linens in person and receive photos during and after the meeting.

Our virtual meeting special is 10% off your rentals when you schedule your virtual meeting & secure your items within 30 days of your meeting! We are so looking forward to meeting you & keeping the fun wedding planning alive. Below is the link:

https://calendly.com/waterfordeventrentals/rental-design-meeting?month=2020-04

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Crystal Clear Vision Recap Part 2

Well, what a crazy couple of weeks it’s been right?? This week for the blog we decided to shout out some of the incredible vendors that participated in A Crystal Clear Vision this year! Hoping to use these images to brighten your day & remind everyone we will get through this! Here is just a reminder of all the hard work these event specialists are capable of.Table Design: Carolyn Celeste Weddings | Photography: Kirstyn Marie PhotographyTable Design: East Beach Catering | Photography: Jessica Ryan PhotographyTable Design: Inspired Events by Kelly | Rentals: Big Top Entertainment | Photography: Leigh Skaggs PhotographyTable Design: Sweetwater Cuisine | Photography: Leigh Skaggs PhotographyTable Design: VB National | Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography

Hoping these photos brought you and our vendors some smiles! A Crystal Clear Vision was a total success at the Princess Anne Country Club! Hoping everyone stays safe & keeps on planning during this crazy time. Us vendors are here for you every step of the way. Looking forward to being happier and healthier when this is all over.

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Waterford Wednesday: Head Table vs. Sweetheart Table

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
When planning a wedding reception, one aspect that brides/grooms need to decide on is – head table vs. sweetheart table. While this may seem like a trivial decision to some, there is often a lot of back and forth on which one to choose, so today we’re here to help you out! We’ve come up with a list of questions to ask yourself that will hopefully steer you toward the right decision for you/your event!

Is intimate time during dinner important to you?
Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

If enjoying an intimate first dinner with your new spouse is high on your priority list, then having a Sweetheart Table is the best option here! Of course at your wedding there is no such thing as full privacy (everyone came to celebrate you after all!), but having a sweetheart table will remove you from your wedding guests in a small aspect.

Is your wedding party small, medium, or large?
Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

Depending on the way you answer this question, your decision might be made up for you! In our experience, a moderately sized wedding party makes for a more graceful/organized looking Head Table vs. a larger party. With a larger wedding party there are a lot of considerations you have to think of before agreeing on a Head Table. Will my venue have enough space to accommodate this? Will the group look unified at the head table or just crowded?

Can your whole wedding party be seated together without separation?
Photo: Kelley Stinson Photography

This question is a bit of an extension of the previous one. When thinking about a Head Table you should consider the fact that it is singular, and is intended to be one table, not multiple! So, if your wedding party will fit comfortably without looking disjointed, we say go for it! If the table needs to be scattered or have people left off due to space limitations, it may be a better option to forgo the Head Table option and stick to a nice Sweetheart Table!

Do you want to be the focal point?
Photo: Cynthia Tenney Photography

I mean it is your day after all so it definitely can be ALL about you! If you want all eyes on you a Sweetheart Table is a necessity when it comes to your reception layout. I mean where else would you eyes be with the newlyweds under this GORGEOUS arch? A sweetheart table is also great if you want to incorporate some high-end linens without having to spend a fortune since it will just be on your table and not all of the guest tables!

Whichever table option you choose we know that it will be special for you and your new spouse! Your wedding day will be a whirlwind, so use these questions as a step to make at least one decision easier!

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